W. T. Block Collection
- Event: Donated 3/4/1993
- Event: Addendum donated 10/26/2001
- Event: Addendum donated 9/30/2004
- Block, W. T. (Person)
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1.90 Cubic Feet
Biographical or Historical Information
Block served in U.S. Army from 1942-1946 as member of the 78th Infantry Division. He me his first wife, Maria Elisabeth Kothe in Germany shortly after the end of the war. They settled in Nederland, Texas in 1947, where Block became assistant postmaster until 1972, when he was transferred to postmaster at Orange, Texas. He retired from there in 1973 and took over as director of the campus post office at Lamar University where he remained for the next ten years. He retired a second time in 1983. After losing his first wife in 1992, Block remarried in 1996 to Helga Woods.
He authored a number of books about the history of Texas, including ‘Sour Lake, Texas: From Mud Baths to Millionaires’, ‘Cotton Bales, Keelboats, and Sternwheelers: A History of The Sabine River and Trinity River Cotton Trades’, ‘Early Sawmill Towns of The Louisiana-Texas Borderlands’, and ‘East Texas Mill Towns and Ghost Towns’, which includes information about sawmills, tram roads and logging camps in East Texas.
He passed away at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Nederland December 15, 2007. He was 87.
Deevy, Bill. "Profile of W. T. Block a Historian." ‘Southeast Texas Business News’ , March 1996.
“William Theodore Block, Jr.” http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/ (Accessed 23 April 2004).
“William Theodore Block, Jr.” Broussard’s Mortuary death notice (see collection control file).
- Guide to the W. T. Block Collection
- Linda Reynolds